After his success in Tod Browning's "Dracula," Hungarian actor Bela Lugosi (1882-1956) refused the role of the monster in "Frankenstein" because he believed all the grunting required of him would be beneath his dignity as an actor. Ironically, however, Lugosi tended to accept any script offered to him in which there was plenty of dialog. The result was a string of low-grade Z pictures that were basically parodies of his great success as Count Dracula. "White Zombie," however, WAS an exception. Directed by Victor Halperin (1895-1983), "White Zombie" was a stylish, moody and atmospheric piece about voodoo and zombies, and fully satisfied Lugosi's penchant for "chewing up the scenery." "White Zombie" was cast with former silent actors which, at least in part, explains the stilted acting -- outdated for even 1932.
In this clip Lugosi, as master of the zombies, prepares a wax doll with which he will cast a spell over Madge Bellamy (1899-1990), making her one of the living dead. She has just married John Harron (1903-1939). Their host, Robert Frazier (1891-1944), proposes a toast to the bride. After drinking to her health, Harron hands his empty glass to Madge and jokingly asks her to read the "tea leaves."
What will you do with this clip? Will you use it as an example of movie voodoo in a documentary about the real thing? Will you use it as an example of Bela Lugosi's work in a video about him? Or how about incorporating it as an example in a video on the horror film. How about in a video blog explaining why you think black and white horror movies are better than color? Or old is better than new? Let your imagination be your guide.
If you need more, the entire movie can be found here:
Until lately, I have angered myself over people who submit their own versions of movies – e.g. the person who submitted their version of “Aelita, Queen Of Mars” or the person who submitted their home-made edits of Buster Keaton´s films (all of these so-called edits to be found elsewhere on the Internet Archives).
In my opinion, these so-called edits are all totally sub-par to the originals, and therefore should not be published in this library. Because at any rate, the goal of the Internet Archive is to conserve great movies for posterity.
But hey, what do I care about? Let these folks have their fun “editing” movies, or even submitting them to this same library. This is why I have not commented on them.
But now the very people who mutilate the great movies of our past do not only “edit” these, but submit their own so-called highlights of them. For example, see the 3-minute truncated versions of “White Zombie” and of “The Phantom Of The Opera” on the Internet Archives. These are no more or less than SPOILERS.
Don´t you people realize that it takes at least SOME time for people in 2007 to adjust to the mood of a film that was made over 75 or 80 years ago?
If you want to publish your own favourite highlights of a movie that you particularly like in just 3 minutes, you should submit your edits to YouTube – like anyone else does.
But please steer clear of the Internet Archives library – for its own integrity’s sake.